Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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Dear Lloyd

AN OPEN LETTER TO LLOYD MILEN, BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL FOR CATALONIA, ARAGON AND ANDORRA.

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Lies, damned lies

When the October 14th sentencing of Catalonia’s political prisoners was reported in England, my 92 year old aunt - who normally has as much contact with Catalonia as I do with the waters of the Limpopo...

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Theatre of cruelty

Every Catalan knows we’re in for a rough ride in October. There’ll be the anniversary of the October 1st 2017 referendum, in which large numbers of peaceful voters were punched and battered by Spanish...

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In his 2018 Kessel Diary the Catalan film director Albert Serra describes an argument he had in that Westphalian town with some film students who were helping him on a large scale film project there. They...

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MONEY for old rope

One unusual piece of local news that doesn’t seem to have made it into the foreign media is the gift that the parties which currently hold sway in Andalusia have decided to make to Valencia and Catalonia:...

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Time after time

Last month The Times of London published an editorial about the results of the Spanish general election, in which it described Vox as an ’ultra-nationalist party’ and Ciutadans as a fake centrist party...

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Will

This month I’d thought of writing (again) about the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, but as this has now been reduced to an endless chorus of policemen whose pre-prepared statements about the...

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Silly old coups

Who – if they’re as long in the tooth as myself, or longer – doesn’t remember the 1981 attempted coup d’état that once took place in the Kingdom of Spain? On February 23rd, at 2.30pm, six buses...

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THE DEVIL’S DETAILS

I confess that I found last-month’s world-circulated photograph of half an elected Catalan government, two civic leaders and the Speaker of the Catalan parliament lined up in Spain’s Supreme Court...